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September 2, 2012

Invisibility of Being Bullied

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 4:27 am

This Blog inspired by the song “Invisible” by Dove Hagan
Dove Hagan

This school year will be a year of emotional conflict,
psychological torment and social withdrawal for
students being bullied, harassed and tormented
in the nation’s schools.

Regression from friends, family and social interaction
for youth struggling with being bullied is growing. The
tragedy of bullying has evolved on levels of human
rights violations and crimes that deny a person’s
constitutional rights.

Those being bullied; their voices are silent because of
the fear and shame, emotional and psychological
weaknesses that should not be present in their lives.
Many put up a façade of stability and strength that
covers the inner devastation of pain that brings
depression and a slow lose of the willingness to live.

The shields of self protections are brittle because of the
psychological and emotional violation that bullying causes.
The self -humiliation that results from physical
humiliation from bullies that violently strip their victims
of their self respect and humanity for both males and females.
Voices are not heard because they do not cry, scream, speak
with vocal abilities silenced by fear and shame.

Bullying victims scream inside with the turmoil of fear, the
fear of defeat, embarrassment, weakness and humiliation.
The soulful words of “Invisible” by Dove Hagan shows
a release of this torment that scratches at the very souls
of young people subjected to Bullying/ Cyberbullying and
other forms of torment and harassment. How the hearts of
young people are pierced by the violence of bullying
that takes many levels of brutality.

The soulful words, “I ‘am Invisible” represents the emotions
of a coldness that is close to death. The screams and
cries that yearn for recognition and protection. To many
of our youth seek protection from their tormentors, but feel
“Invisible” to the world. The world of their friends and family
is outside of their reach, growing further away as the torment
and torture continue. Many children are Persecuted because
they look different, Harassed because they are talented,
Threatened because they are free spirited and they feel
“Invisible”, the silent screams and cries of help not heard.

Parents should be able to communicate with their children,
find out about challenges and pressures of everyday life.
A parent has the responsibility to make sure they are “connected”
to their child, that connection is the key to seeing, hearing
and even feeling what their children may be experiencing.
The connection through the heart is important; it extends
beyond the mental connection that parents lose with
their children because of the distractions of life.

Heard in “Invisible” children feel invisible to everyone as a
result of bullying, they feel lost and unreachable because there
is no safety from their tormentors. People question “why” is
this, but there are no easy answers. Bullying must not be
tolerated, it must not be accepted. Schools, religious organizations,
and clubs all should be aware and proactive against bullying.

The young lives that are lost to suicide show that Bullying and
Cyberbullying are indications that children, teens and young
adults are in pain, they feel “Invisible” and abandoned.
Our young people want to be “Visible,” they want to be
protected, they want to be accepted.
They yearn to hear the words eloquently sung by Dove Hagan,
“I See You.” “Invisible” by Dove Hagan

William Jackson and Dove Hagan are members of
Northeast Florida Suicide Prevention Advisory Board

Resources to prevent youth and teen suicides:
Suicide Hotlines

To make a positive influence in preventing Bullying teens
(13 – 18) can create a Bully Prevention Public Service
Announcement Promotion.

The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention, encourage
youth to submit original Public Service Announcement
30 to 60 seconds in length, that showcase ways they are
taking action against bullying and promoting a culture of
kindness and respect in their communities.

Videos that a send positive messages to youth about the
importance of being “more than a bystander” to bullying
in their schools and communities.
Full details at Stop Bullying
Deadline for submissions is October 14, 2012 at 11 PM ET

Edited by Go Team Booh…

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3 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on My Life as an Alien and commented:
    This was me in the 3rd grade.

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    Comment by mjbakermusic — September 23, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    • Thank you for sharing. God bless you for the courage in sharing
      your story.

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      Comment by William Jackson — September 23, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

  2. I think this is very important. I was bullied in elementary school. Most of it outside of the school, on the way home walking from Martin Luther King Elm. I am the youngest of 14 kids so one day when I came home crying because a boy had beat me up and my big brother saw it, he was 16 at the time. I didn’t want to tell him at first who it was but he insisted and we jumped in my mom’s car and he rode around for 1 hour looking for the kid. That was both a scary yet hopeful day for me because my brother Brian, a 16 yr. old was willing to jack up a 8 yr. old 3rd grader. All I am saying is that Bullying is real and if my brother had not been there when I got home I may have continued to keep that on the inside. But that day he told me “never keep it a secret if someone is bothering you. I will protect you”. Thanks for being an advocate for these children.

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    Comment by mjbakermusic — September 23, 2012 @ 3:00 pm


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